Starting with the assumption that reasonable non-compete agreements are enforceable in Maryland, what should you do if your employer asks you to sign one? If possible, you should do the following:
1. Try to get out of signing the agreement in the first place.
2. Try to narrow the agreement's terms. Find out which competitors and geographic ares your employer really cares about. Limit the agreement's reach to those terms.
3. Suggest that what your employer really wants is a non-solicitation agreement, i.e., your promise not t0 raid the company of its key employees.
4. Demand compensation. If your employer wants you to get out the industry for a period, your employer should pay for it.
5. Hire a lawyer to review your agreement and meet with you before signing away your right to a livelihood. Employers get legal advice -- so should you. Employers often put highly unfavorable terms -- such as attorney-fee shifting provisions -- in non compete agreements. Consult counsel to know your rights.